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  • Not Your Average Hypebeast

    Those who follow Aaron LiawAarons_World ) on Instagram are fully aware of his lavish lifestyle and ultimate group of close friends, which consists of Levi, Kai and the forever seemingly-annoyed Angelo Nitsopoulos. Although much is known of Aaron, whom I previously featured on the blog, and the Bent Lee bros, Nits is somewhat of the odd man out.

    With a quick scroll down his gram, one can instantly get a sense of Ang’s expensive taste but there has to be more to him right?  Other than the quick cameos on his clique’s hilarious insta stories and vlogs, not much is revealed about the sporty Toronto, Ontario native. Well, that’s why I’m here.

    Let’s take a look into the real world of Angelo and find out about his immense love for hockey, fledging business, spending habits and why he looks so damn pissed all the time.   Peep my exclusive interview with him below:

    FRENDY:  I must say it’s quite incredible to witness how close you are with Aaron and the gang.  Nowadays, not many can proclaim they are tight with even a handful of people.  How did you meet them?

    ANG:  *Laughs* Yeah its pretty wild that three Asians and a Greek/Macedonian can hang out daily. So, I met the guys during the winter of 2014.  As I sat in my basement watching hockey while simultaneously creeping on Instagram, I saw a 5’3 140Lbs Aaron doing stick handling moves on the ice pretending he was Sidney Crosby. I thought to myself ok that's different, but then started to take in all the gear he had and wondered who he actually was. At the time, Levi and Aaron had a men's hockey team called The Trillers and a buddy of mine told me I should go play with them. So I hit up Levi and said if you ever need players let me know. A week later I was playing my first game with them. I walked into the dressing room, turned to my left and saw the “5’3” kid who said to me, “ Here sit here Angelo”. As if I had never been in a hockey dressing room in my life. Levi was sitting across from me, looking like a pro MMA fighter flooded with tats (I was a bit intimidated).

    My first game with them was amazing!  I scored three goals.  After that Aaron was like ok “you can play with us,” like it was some sort of accomplishment for me. As we were changing in the locker room I hear someone on the team say to Aaron, “YOU GOT BALMAINS IN THAT HOCKEY BAG BRO ” and that’s what got me thinking ok I need to learn about what the hell they are doing/ talking about because I had no idea what any of these brand names were back then.  I saw Aarons Instagram and figured to myself that “Balmains” must be what he wears.

    So throughout our hockey team that's how myself Aaron and Levi hung out. Kai never played hockey at all so he was never around the rink unless he was pretending to coach us. I would always hear stories about him though. I met Kai on our (Aaron, Levi, Kai) first trip to NYC and boy what a story/trip that was.  That's when my passion for fashion really began and I instantly switched my look. Happy I met them though, I never had any siblings so they taught me a lot about things. When I was 18-19 they took me on some crazy experiences that most kids don't get to do, so they are kind of like older brothers in a way for the most part.

    FRENDY:  That’s a pretty epic story. I assumed you knew them for way longer than 3 years.  What was your “look” before your fashion awakening?

    ANG:  Yeah, I mean friendship grows pretty quick when you hang out as often as we do. OMG, my look I don't even want to talk about *Laughs*. To be honest I didn't even have a look. I guess I could say it was the “hockey style.” Long hair, sperry boat shoes, golf shorts and a V-neck t-shirt, which makes me cringe thinking about it. I didn't even really take fashion seriously; I would wear sweatpants every day, whatever shirt I found in my room and just went about my day. I was too focused on my hockey career at the time and didn't care how I dressed outside the rink. I knew what Yeezys were and what not but never had a clue on how to get them or even knew they were so limited. But to say the least, my look was terrible *Laughs*.

    Looking back at what I wore then compared to now is like a two year old messing up all his toys when he is pissed off.  That's the best way to look at it. Its funny thinking back at it, I would get so excited to wear these pants that don’t even fit right or shoes that don’t even go with the fit and thinking “wow this is sick,” when it's really god awful.

    FRENDY:  Aw man, I needed that good laugh. Do you remember your very first fire fit?

    ANG:  I do remember it actually, but I wouldn't say it was fire. I would say my first favorite fire fit is my Supreme patchwork outfit with my Red Octobers *Laughs*. I was so happy when I got the sweat suit in the mail. Most will say it's ugly but half the world tried to buy it and failed miserably.  That Aside, it really is a crazy piece. The hoodie and pants are both hand-made with different patches. Most don't understand that, they just see a “grandma-like table cloth” because they don't understand it. The Red Octobers were worn just so I could be over the top.  Shout out to Mike at 'On The Arm' in Vegas who plugged me with it too. My favorite thing is wearing either full tracksuits or full sweatsuits as you can probably tell.  I don't really care what people think, I don't buy clothes for people I buy them for me.

    FRENDY:  Going back to what you stated earlier, the great impression you left on Aaron due to your hockey playing skills eventually paved the way to a solid brotherhood.  How long have you been playing Hockey? Was it your goal to turn pro growing up?

    ANG: *Laughs* Aaron was impressed to say the least, I guess most people on Instagram don't follow me for hockey, I never post anything related to it. I started skating at around three years old and started playing hockey at four, which is really young. I've played for 17 years and counting and won't ever stop playing for fun. It’s every kids dream and goal to play in the NHL.  I went to PEAC, which was a private hockey school. All we did was skate, train four hours a day and screw around in class. I kid you not, a teacher quit because we “stressed her out” too much.

    Our team was unstoppable, our first line was, Ho Sang, Mcdavid, Subbans and so many more it was hilarious.  We didn't lose all year and wasn't allowed in tournaments. I was talented but as I got older I slowly lost interest in the game and at 18 decided to stop playing competitively. I will say though I don't regret any of it, hockey taught me a lot about certain things in life.  Most of my best friends play in the NHL so it's cool to see them succeed and because of that I still get to be apart of the game somehow.

    Once you play hockey and are born into the hockey world you never really get away from it. Hockey gets my mind off things when I can't find a piece of clothing that I want *Laughs*. I never would have thought when I was 15 that at 19 I would be addicted to fashion. Thank the guys for that one.

    FRENDY:  Here comes the million-dollar question: when you’re not copping the finest threads or slithering on the ice, what is it that you do for a living to remain so fresh?

    ANG:  *Laughs* Yeah the million-dollar question that people are soooooo curious to know. Never really understood why people have to ask that nonstop. From now on I'm just going to say “yeah, I won the lottery in grade 6, kept it quiet though.” But yeah, myself, Aaron, Tristan Thompson of the Cleveland Cavalier, Savas, and Simon (which are Tristan's close friends) own ProLocker together.

    FRENDY:  Can you tell me more about ProLocker? Aaron mentioned it during my sit down with him.

    ANG:  Of course, the easiest way I can map it out for you, without giving too many features away since we are launching very soon, is to say that it's a platform where we show what players use on and off the court/field/ice. Furthermore, we also provide info on where you can buy that exact equipment model around the world and different places to get it. That's the basis of it but there are loads of features besides that. I don't want to give too much away but we are excited for it. Check us out at Prolocker.com!

    FRENDY:  Sounds amazing, I'm sure you guys can’t wait to launch it. When will that happen?

    ANG:  Yeah we are really excited about it, in a perfect world we want to launch in the next month or so but we are all still fine-tuning the site. Plus we are gathering content prior to release but you can pre subscribe to the site now and follow us on Instagram ( @Prolocker ) to find out more.

    FRENDY:  I sincerely hope your followers will stop asking about what you do for a living now. Doubt it though. Since we got that out the way, let's explore your closet. What are some your favorite brands right now?

    ANG: Yeah, they probably won’t to be honest *laughs*. My favorite brands...well obviously you can tell I like Supreme. I also have other labels in my closet, people think I’m a hypebeast and just wear one particular brand.  I have a lot of Saint Laurent; their jackets I own are my favorite pieces. The detail on them and the way they look is crazy! I also have Haider Ackermann items that I like a lot, wouldn’t say its my favorite brand though. Bape obviously, I had a crazy Bape phase where I was just copping from them non stop but I kind of got sick of it. Stone Island is really comfy to wear; I got a bunch of that. I honestly have most brands you can think of. I just hate when people say “Nits you’re a hypebeast.”

    My take on that is at the end of the day most people in fashion, besides the people creating, are hypebeasts in their own special way. Just because I have a Supreme item that everyone wants I automatically get identified as a “hypebeast.”  It’s ok in my opinion if someone buys a piece of clothing that an artist or influencer may have worn first.  Unfortunately, most consider that as being “hype”.

    When you see someone wear a piece that you like, why not buy it for yourself? Nothing wrong with that at all but most people get mad and call it hype. I don't know, maybe they’re just jealous. Either they don't have access, have a plug to get an exclusive item or simply just can't afford it, which is totally understandable! I feel blessed that I am able to purchase things I like and have never been the type to bring someone else down because they can’t get something.  I'm not going to lie and pretend I don't like things that are hyped, there's a meaning behind it. Most of Supreme’s prized pieces have some sort of unique backstory, which is another reason why that brand is so strong.  At the end of the day, people call me a hypebeast but deep down inside they all wish they were able to cop what I got.

    FRENDY:  Which sneakers are in your constant rotation?

    ANG:  I wear APLs all the time. Shout out to Adam and Ryan! Jordans for sure, bred 1’s, royal 1’s, all the 1’s really.  I used to wear Yeezys a lot but its getting saturated in the market now. I try to stay away from wearing them all the time.  If I get a pair early, I’ll throw them on.  I really like my Nike Presto x Acronym kicks, they’re extremely comfy and their colorways.   Last but not least, my Air Max 98 ’s. I never really got in to the Adidas NMD wave.

    FRENDY:  Who do you feel has the best style in the entertainment industry right now?

    ANG:  A$AP Rocky.  I respect him because he barely wears what’s “in."  The guy literally flies to Japan to buy brands nobody knows about so you have to respect that.  He started so many trends it’s insane!  He is always ahead of the game and steps outside the box.

    FRENDY:  On one of your recent insta stories, I saw you were putting your followers on to alot of rising brands. How often are you researching for potential new gear?

    ANG: Yes I was, people don't understand that I’m young and got into this just a few years ago.  Most of them will say I am a “culture vulture” but I am the furthest thing from that. So for those reading just know I spend hours daily looking at what's up and coming in fashion. I will literally sit on my computer and log on to Japanese sites that aren’t even written in English and Google translate it to read articles on what's next. 

    If we want to talk about Supreme culture, I literally learned about each season, each piece and so on. Till this day I am researching meanings behind their pieces. So no, I did not just see Supreme and decided to hop on buying stuff for fun.  I put the effort into learning about it, which most do not do. That's what a culture vulture does, buys stuff to say they have it and not know anything about the brand’s ethos. I hate that. Daily, I am always looking for new stuff to get and new brands that people don’t know about. Aaron will always we call me and say, “let me guess researching?” I enjoy doing it.  It’s fun to learn about upcoming stuff and their origins.

    FRENDY:  Since your passion for fashion runs deep, did you ever think about fully diving into the industry with your own brand or investing in one that you really believe in?

    ANG:  No, probably not.  I am to busy with ProLocker and other stuff. I rather support brands by buying their clothes, never really thought about creating my own but who knows maybe I could do it.   I definitely put the time into researching about it.

    FRENDY:  You have the money, cars and clothes but is there a special lady out there you’re sharing it all with?

    ANG:  *Laughs* Well I definitely don't have it all.  There are way more important things in life than money, cars and clothes. In terms of special ladies, I am single but have a one on the radar. Once you get a girl, “you have to put her in designer,” as Future says. The guys always make fun of me though by always saying “Nits brings the tings to Fring’s”.

    FRENDY:  That’s hilarious.  Well I’m sure there are tons of tings who are willing kick it for a day...or couple of months.  Since you’re always in the latest gear, is it a requirement for them to have a sense of style or it doesn’t really matter?

    ANG:  * Laughs* Actually yes I if I were to date a girl I would want her to be into fashion like I am. She doesn't have to wear the latest stuff but definitely needs her own sense of style 100%. It’s always cool to have a girl that can relate to what you like. At the end of the day though it's not everything! But yes I would prefer it.

    FRENDY:  For sure, it’s all about being on the same frequency. Man, it was a pleasure having this conversation. Looking forward to see what you and the fellas will get into next.  One more thing I need to know before we end though, if you were stranded on a desert island what three things would you bring?

    ANG:  Likewise! If I were stranded on an island the three things I would bring is a boat to get off the island, food, and a laptop with 4G so I can stay up to date with gear.  Stay Woke!

  • LoveSick (Official Video)

    I'm a bit late in posting this but it probably went under your radar as well.

    Last month, multi-talented British electronic producer Mura Masa, unleashed the music video for his A$AP Rocky assisted jam titled "Love$ick."  The clip did not receive any sort of cameo from the two artists, but impressively displayed a coming of age storyline, filled with disruptive British teens in their cozy Nike fleece tech suits.

    Indulge in the offering below:

  • Cozy Tapes Vol. 1

    What's good everyone!  I apologize for the lack of posts, but your boy is getting to the paper and I'm sure y'all ain't mad at that one bit.  

    Speaking of accumulating cash, the "Money Man" himself, ASAP Rocky, and his ASAP crew have finally unleashed their highly-anticipated sonic compilation, Cozy Tapes: Vo. 1 Friends-.  The ASAP Yams tribute consists of 12 scorching tracks and features an assortment of Hip Hop's brightest stars, including Tyler The Creator, Skepta, Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Yachty and more.

    Check out the project below.  While your ears are getting cozified, be sure to read my latest Grailed article on Rocky and Bari's prosperous lifestyle brand, VLONEHERE.  Enjoy!

  • JWA x AWGE

    A$AP Rocky is currently Rap's "jiggy n*gga".  His undeniable talent, infections charm and style has won over the harshest critics not only in the music arena but the fashion field as well.

    The Harlem spitter's latest venture is with one of his favorite brands J.W.Anderson. Back in January, Rocky was seen wearing the Irish designer's pieces at the J.W.Anderson A/W 16 Menswear show.  He even sported a high neck zip jumper from Anderson's A/W 15 collection in his “Jukebox Joints” music video.  It's apparent that the love is real!

    Their collaborative JWA x AWGE capsule collection can be pre-ordered today on the J. W. Anderson website and will be available from the Shoreditch Workshops store on Monday.  Prices ranges from $275 for a beanie to $1,300 for one of the Teddy coats.

    One must pay the fee to be the jiggiest right?

  • Yams Day (Pics)

    Last night, the first annual Yams Day concert celebration went down at NYC's Terminal 5 and it was certainly a blast.

    The homie Infanint captured some epic flicks of the performances (you might of seen him floating around during the show's Yahoo livestream) and even backstage shenanigans.  Check them out below:

  • Gue$$

    Guess who's bringing back one of the most sought out brands in the 90s?  Yup, the forever fashion forward A$AP Rocky.

    The PMF's unique flare has grown substantially since he stepped out on the Rap scene and it surely isn't going to be dimmed any time soon with the aid of his latest project with Guess Originals.  The collaborative collection consists of both men and womens pieces -- featuring light blue acid washes, tencel fabrics and pinstripes, alongside GUESS logo crop tanks and varsity jackets.

    The Guess Originals x A$AP Rocky launches at Opening Ceremony and Union on January 30.  Meanwhile, Guess stores nationally will sell the items a couple weeks later.  According to sources, the clothings pieces will range from $34 to $228.  Not bad, I gue$$ anyone could be a fashion killa on a budget!

  • ALLA Listening Party

    Last night, the brosky A$AP Rocky held a private listening party for his recently released sophomore album At. Long. Last. Asap at NYC’s Milk Studios.  I was supposed to be in attendance but was unable due to scheduling differences. Fortunately, the homie Christian Caicos help me down at Flacko’s shindig and captured some memorable moments. 

    Check them out below:

  • LSD

    A$AP Rocky channels his inner Jimmy Hendrix in the latest single rightfully titled “LSD”.  The diamond-grillin’ spitter has blatantly admitted that he does partake a bit in psychedelics and it shows with this hallucinatory jam.

    To keep it clean, the song is potent! I’m just a little worried about the bad “trips” all of Flacko’s fans will experience after following his hippy ways. Recreate safely kids (haha).

    Check out the visual below:

     

  • What's Beef To Rocky?

    Last night, a new song from ASAP Rocky surfaces that’s inspired from the Notorious B.I.G’s dark anthem “What’s Beef?”. I have no clue where the tune came from but it surely is a head-knocker.  Shout out to the P.M.F for always stepping up his lyrical chops! There's no doubt that Flacko's forthcoming album will spice up the summer.

     No clue if this haunting single will end up on At.Long.Last.ASAP but enjoy it while you can below:

     

  • Everyday

    Not too long after his public speaking duties at the Red Bull Music Academy Festival in NYC, the self-proclaimed Pretty Flacko unleashes an absolute banger titled “Everyday”.  The ferocious tune features the unlikely yet sonically intact pair of Miguel and every mother’s favorite crooner Rod Stewart.

    Unfortunately, Rocky recently stated that his album At.Long.Last.ASAP will be pushed back all the way to June 2nd.  Hey, at least we won a great consolation prize with this Mark Ronson produced scorcher!

    Indulge below:

     

  • ASAP Rocky Is CRWN'D

    Last Week, Elliott Wilson sat down with ASAP Rocky during the Tribeca Film Festival happenings to conduct his infamous CRWN questionaire series.  In the two part interview, Mr. Wilson dives head first (pause) into the PMF's world of music, fashion and hallucinogens!

    Check out the outcome below:

     Watch part 2 HERE.

  • All About The M'$

     Right on the heels of landing a second coveted Complex Magazine cover, Harlem's Golden (grilled) Boy A$AP Rocky unleashes the money gettin' anthem rightfully titled "M'$". No, it doesn't stand for 'M Dollas' but rather "Millions n*gga! ".

    The Honorable C.N.O.T.E and Mike Dean produced hit can most likely be found on rocky's forthcoming album A.L.L.A.  Shit, with Mike being in the scheme of things I won't be surprised if Yeezus finds a perfect track to bless on The PMF's body of work.  

    Welp, until then indulge below:

     

  • Move That Dope

    Prominent African American Director Rick Famuyiwa (famous for 'The Wood' & 'Brown Sugar') is back with yet another groundbreaking coming of age story titled Dope which received insurmountable praise at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

    The motion picture takes place in Inglewood, California featuring a group of 90's enthused nerds who ironically transform into drug dealers (sounds awesome doesnt it?!).  The cast includes newcomer A$AP Rocky, Chanel Iman, Zoë Kravitz, Forest Whitaker, Quincy Brown (Diddy's son) with the lead characters being portrayed by Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori and cutie-patootie Kiersey Clemens. What's even doper (pun intended) is that Pharrell Williams serves as the composer for the film's sountrack!

    This is surely a movie that I would of loved to audition for If I was still acting....might have to get back to it.  Indulge in the trailer below:

     

  • Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye 2

    Happy New Year everybody!  Last night as you were getting ready for the NYE festivities, A$AP Rocky took it upon himself to unleash the much awaited single "Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye 2".  As most of you know, the Nez & Rio produced banger was teased in Flacko's "Multiply" video a while back ago so it's awesome to finally indulge in the full version.

    Hope most of y'all were able to attend his shinding last night in SoHo, looked crazy out there!

  • Rocky For Ferragamo

    When A$AP Rocky proudly proclaimed (and I quote) "I'm the mothafuckin' lord of this fashion shit!" on his hit single Multiply don't think it was in vain.  The thriving Harlem spitter definitely deserves credit for setting alot of the trends that some of the fashionable kids in Soho and abroad are wearing ever since he stepped out on rap's main runway.  

    Now, the braided up swag champ's latest stylish venture comes about in a collaboration with prominent Italian fashion house Salvatore Ferragamo starring in their brand new project coined A Man's Story creatively led by director Massimiliano Giornetti, and photographer Francesco Carrozzini.  In it, the A$AP head honcho reminisces about his first ever performance at the Lower East Side of Manhattan's famed store A-Life in 2011.

    Check it out below:

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  • Pretty Flacko 2

    The broski A$AP Rocky spearheaded back on the rap scene with his formidable single "Multiply" and has no plans in letting up.  Don't believe me?  Remember the head-knocking snippet of an untitled song that was featured in the comeback track's video.  Well, the gold grillin' lyricist officially debuted that exact banger titled "Pretty Flacko 2" live last week at Red Bull's Culture Clash event in London!

    Keep your ears cleaned for the Nez & Rio produced heat-rock (do people even say that anymore?) that's scheduled to drop later this year.  For now, indulge below: